ROCKLAND, Maine — A 30-year-old Waldoboro man was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison with all but one year suspended after admitting to sexually assaulting a young girl a decade ago.
Jessie J. Gehrmann pleaded guilty Thursday in Knox County Unified Court to one count of gross sexual assault and one count of unlawful sexual contact. He was sentenced to seven years in prison with all but one year suspended and placed on probation for three years upon his release.
Gehrmann will also be placed on the sex offender registry list for the rest of his life.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald said while the family of the victim would have preferred a longer sentence, they were satisfied with the outcome of the agreement. He said the victim and her family did not want her to have to testify. Because the case occurred 10 years ago, the case would have boiled down to the victim’s testimony versus Gehrmann, who previously denied the accusations.
Gehrmann was arrested in March by Maine State Police. An affidavit filed in court by police stated that an investigation began in October 2015, when the mother of the victim contacted police. The mother said her daughter, who is now 15 or 16, had begun to harm herself, and eventually the girl acknowledged she had been sexually assaulted by Gehrmann in 2006.